Refuse collection in Fillmore delayed one day for Labor Day

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, employees of Santa Clara Valley Disposal will be taking the day off on Monday, Sept. 1. As a result, Fillmore city residential customers will have their trash and recyclables collected one day later than usual, on Saturday, Sept. 6. The regular Friday collection schedule will resume the following week.
For more information, call 647-1414.


Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

Together, we can speak out against violence and make effective changes in our country.
Respect all living beings--people and animals.
Get involved in school, city, and country.
Spend quality time with your family without turning on the television.
Support clean up campaigns.
Respect other people's differences.
If you know someone who may need help, listen to them and suggest appropriate resources.
Register to vote and contact your legislators if they are supporting or not supporting laws that enforce violence prevention.
Get to know your neighbors.
Write letters to the editors of the local papers.
Remember it takes each of us to make a difference in our country. Get information and get involved?

Class of ’38 Reunion Epistle
It is so interesting, at least to me, how a little “effort” goes a long way in effecting people. The large booklet, prepared for the Class of ’38 70th anniversary reunion, has caused a great “ripple” is this old world of ours.
The reunion booklet was loaned to a friend, living in the Canyon Country area, who taught with me at Canyon High School. After looking the booklet over, Art saw his friend, Clyde Spencer. Art in turn let his son-in-law look at
the booklet and “lo and behold” the son-in law saw his father, Clyde Spencer, who was a member of the 1938 class.
Of course, I am delighted to present the reunion booklet to Clyde’s son! It does show that this is a small world if you look around.



August 5, 2008, - Cal Citrus Packing Co. Inc, a well-known grower/shipper in the California citrus industry, is the newest member of Sunkist Growers, the grower-owned citrus marketing cooperative headquartered in Sherman Oaks, California.

"We’re looking forward to our affiliation with Sunkist,” said Jerry Luallen, President of Cal Citrus. “We have an excellent product and Sunkist has an excellent marketing network and a brand name that is known around the world. Sunkist has been streamlining operations, reducing costs and greatly expanding the opportunities it offers to growers and shippers. We’ve watched the changes and seen the results and we’re excited about joining Sunkist and enjoying the benefits of membership.”

Cal Citrus is a premier grower, packer and shipper of fresh citrus, headquartered in Lindsay, California in the heart of California's Central Valley. With a product list that includes Navel and Valencia oranges, and lemons, Cal Citrus brings 2,000 acres of citrus into the Sunkist system. The fruit will continue to be packed under the familiar Portokali, Seabiscuit, Sugar Test, Jungle Cat, Golden Boy and My Goodness labels – and now it will also wear the Sunkist brand.

"We're extremely pleased to welcome Cal Citrus into Sunkist," said Russ Hanlin, Sunkist’s President-Elect. "They are a very experienced and respected grower and packer, known for their customer service. The affiliation brings to our system a large supply quality citrus and a philosophy of excellence that matches our own." Cal Citrus is projected to add 40,000 field cartons of lemons, 1.1 million field cartons of Navels and 125,000 field cartons of Valencias to Sunkist’s portfolio for the 2008-09 season.

“We have been growing and harvesting for nearly a century and packing and shipping since the 1950s.” said Luallen. “We have years of experience and dedication in producing a great product.”

Cal Citrus traces its beginning to the founding of Luallen Soil Service, which began purchasing a base of investor ranches that soon grew to 1,500 acres. As the company continued to grow it purchased a packinghouse in 1969, establishing Cal Citrus Packing Company. In 1976, Cal Citrus bought the former Waddel Packing in Lindsay and in 1981 it established a third packinghouse, also in Lindsay, which now houses the company’s current citrus bagging operation.

“We are very proud of our Central California ‘Lindsay Citrus Belt’ heritage,” said Luallen, “and we are committed to maintaining our reputation of quality and integrity and expanding our marketing reach through Sunkist.”

Time Ranger.
Time Ranger.
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Newhall was once attacked: by our own Air Force. As recently as the 1970s, there were Bigfoot sightings in Sand Canyon. Were we home to the world’s biggest grizzly bear? A Chinese general once named Saugus as one of the top military targets on Earth. Placerita Canyon was named a national park. William S. Hart was almost murdered at his mansion.

Santa Clarita is one of the most interesting and historically significant spots in America. This fall, through the SCV Historical Society, John Boston is offering his renowned and entertaining history class. The three-hour lecture series begins Sept. 17th, 6:30 p.m. and runs every Wednesday night until Nov. 19th.

What makes the class unique is that it is held at a different and scenic location each week, ending with Boston’s fabled Campfire Class that covers all the monster, gee-whiz and odd crime stories of our valley.

Fee for the class will be $120 plus $20 materials/location fee. For more information, or to register, visit or call 254-1275.

Valley historian John Boston winner of the Will Rogers Lifetime Humanitarian Achievement Award and, with 117 major awards is one of America’s top columnists. He may be reached at


Our bushy-tailed friends who are always there to greet and give unconditional love depend on us for their every need, even in times of emergency.
But what if your dog were to become ill or injured, are you well prepared to handle the situation? The American Red Cross of Ventura County provides an opportunity for dog lovers to make sure they are able to deal with an emergency situation by offering a Dog First Aid Class on Saturday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ventura location, 2355 Portola Road.
Attendees will learn how to administer medication, recognize an actual emergency, determine dehydration, and perform CPR and first aid. In addition, participants will receive the American Red Cross Dog First Aid book with a CD with instructions on how to care for injured pets. The cost of the course is $50.
Statistics indicate that pet ownership is currently at its highest level, with 63 percent of all U.S. households owning a pet. “Pet owners share a very special bond with their pets and they are part of a family,” stated Sandy Marks, Director of Health & Safety for the American Red Cross of Ventura County. “Just like with people, accidents and emergencies can happen and being prepared by knowing what to do could make a lifesaving difference,” she added.
Pre-registration for the Dog First Aid Class is required and reservations can be made by calling the American Red Cross of Ventura County at 805-339-2234.
Since 1917, the American Red Cross of Ventura County has been meeting needs throughout the communities it serves. Each year, more than 1,200 local volunteers respond to more than 50 local disasters, teach tens of thousands of individuals vital lifesaving skills, and support the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces. The American Red Cross is not a government agency.


To the Editor:
Just an observation: Our American Flag and State Flag flying in front of City Hall seem to be turning to dust. Perhaps those city employees making 6 digit salaries could pool some money together and purchase a couple of new flags for our sweet town?
The American flag should be held in the highest of regards. It represents our nation and the many people who gave their lives for our country and our flag. Here are some of the basics on displaying the American flag: The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset; The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it; The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it; When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.
Did you Know? There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. It is a ceremony everyone should see; our local Boy Scout group should know the proper ceremony and perform it on a regular basis. If you have an old flag, give it to them. And, then, attend the ceremony.
Marie Alviz,

Community Newsletter
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

Recently, in the mail you should have received the City of Fillmore Community Newsletter. The publication, in my opinion, gives valuable information about the going-ones within the City of Fillmore.
Listed are City Council contacts (with e-mail address), city administration, public safety and city department. If you want them, here is the way to get in contact!
These are articles regarding: The Reverse 911 System, "Clean UP Day"--September 27, Fillmore Theatre summer matinee specials, construction of new aquatics and tennis facility, Fillmore, a small city growing its future, non-permitted street vendors pose potential health threat to local citizens, parking vehicles for sale on private property, CERT -- community emergency response team (Classes start August 6, 2008, at El Dorado Mobile Home Park Club House, Escaping
Fire: Does your family have a disaster escape plan!
New City Hall Business Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Storefront Rehabilitation Grants are available. City Council meetings live one line at Fillmore Senior Center Weekly Schedule of activities are listed.

CBS’s “Criminal Minds” was filming at the corner of Saratoga and First Street, Monday. The show follows the adventures of a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit at Quantico, Virginia. Criminal Minds differs from many criminal system procedural dramas by focusing on the criminal rather than the crime itself. Pictured above, actress Paget Brewster who plays Emily Prentiss on the series.
CBS’s “Criminal Minds” was filming at the corner of Saratoga and First Street, Monday. The show follows the adventures of a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit at Quantico, Virginia. Criminal Minds differs from many criminal system procedural dramas by focusing on the criminal rather than the crime itself. Pictured above, actress Paget Brewster who plays Emily Prentiss on the series.
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CBS’s “Criminal Minds” filming.
CBS’s “Criminal Minds” filming.
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County libraries to be closed Monday, September 1, for Labor Day holiday

The Ventura County Library community libraries will be closed Monday, September 1, for the Labor Day holiday. Though the community libraries will be closed for Labor Day, Ventura County Library is available via the internet, 24 hours a day, at
The Ventura County Library community libraries include Fillmore and Piru Library.
Books may be returned to the book drops at any of the community libraries.


Discover the rewards of foster parenting at a Foster Parenting Informational Meeting. Learn how you can provide the healing, support and guidance that can transform a child at risk into a self-assured, successful adult.
When? Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., 4601 Telephone Road, Suite 112, Ventura.
More than 600 children are currently in foster homes in Ventura County, and every day, another child is removed from their home because they have been neglected, abused or abandoned. By being a foster parent, you have the opportunity to make the difference in a child's life. English only. For more information call 805.654.3456 or go to

Red Cross to offer FREE Community Disaster Education

It’s important that you be prepared for possible disasters and other emergencies. Natural or human-caused disasters can strike suddenly, at anytime and anywhere. Are you prepared?
When an earthquake, tornado, flood, fire, or other emergency happens in your community, you can count on your American Red Cross of Ventura County to be there to help you and your family.
There are three actions anyone can take that can help make a difference:
Get a Kit – Have at least three days of supplies in an easy-to-carry evacuation kit.
Make a Plan –Planning ahead will help you have the best possible response to disaster.
Be Informed – Know what may happen and how you can help.
FREE Red Cross disaster preparedness presentations are being offered during the month of August. Get informed on the different ways to prepare your family before disaster strikes.

Borders 125 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks Monday August 11TH @ 7PM
Borders 2910 Tapo Canyon Rd. Simi Valley Thursday August 21st @ 6 PM
Barnes & Noble 4820 Telephone Rd. Ventura Tuesday August 26th @ 7pm

Contact us at 805-339-2234 ext. 269, visit, or stop in at Red Cross Program Headquarters, 2355 Portola Road, Ventura 93003. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm.

(l-r) unknown, unknown, unknown, Virginia De La Piedra, unknown.
(l-r) unknown, unknown, unknown, Virginia De La Piedra, unknown.
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It didn’t rain on our parade! The Ventura County Parade marched down Main St much to the delight of parade-goers and participants alike. Many thanks to the members of the Ventura Elks Lodge #1430, who did a wonderful job, as usual, of keeping everything running smoothly.

If you missed the parade, you can still catch it on CAPS-TV. The parade will air on Channel 6 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for two weeks. For Time Warner cable customers, tune into Channel 36 at 5:30pm daily until Aug. 13.

The Ventura County Fair is proud to announce the trophy winners of the 2008 Ventura County Fair Parade:

Color Guard: 1st –187th Airborne

Floats-School: 1st—Buena High School Pep Squad

2nd—Ventura High School Dance Team

3rd—Ventura High School Pep Squad

Floats-Commercial: 1st—Love House Dahlias

2nd—Kaiser Permanente

3rd—Wenches and Warriors

Floats-Adult Club: 1st—Country Lovers Western Dance

2nd—Vietnam Veterans

Floats-Youth Club: 1st—A.I.M. USA

2nd—Ventura Boys and Girls Club

3rd—Gold Coast Gymnastics

Antique Auto-Indiv. 1st—Ventura County Fire Dept.

2nd—Tony’s Body Shop

3rd—Ventura Bike Depot

Antique Auto-Clubs 1st—VC Model “A” Ford Club

Classic Auto-Indiv. 1st—Derek Luna

2nd—Pete Gallagher

Classic Auto-Clubs 1st—Nite Life Car Club

2nd—Corvair Society of America

3rd—Westcoast Wolfpack

Misc.-Novelty 1st—Citrus Capital Clowns

2nd—The Marking Money Bags

3rd—Cheer Force West


Santa Paula, California stands strong in the current environment while many financial institutions are faltering. You don’t have to take their word for it, though; SCVBank™ has earned a 5-Star Superior rating from BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc. of Coral Gables, FL, the nation’s leading independent bank rating and research firm. The 5-Star rating is based on the overall financial picture of the bank and indicates that SCVBank™ is one of the strongest banks in the nation. What’s more, this represents the 12th consecutive quarter that SCVBank™ has earned this highest honor.

“In a climate where it is increasingly difficult to shine, Santa Clara Valley Bank (SCVBank™) proves it can be done,” remarks Karen L. Dorway, president of the research firm. “In fact, local residents should be proud that their community bank is one of the elite financial institutions in the nation. They can rest assured that their deposits are well-placed in this 5-Star bank.”

Established in 1998, SCVBank™ has been pleased to fulfill the financial needs of its neighbors and friends for 10 years. It currently operates through three conveniently located offices in Fillmore, Santa Paula, and Valencia and can also be found on the internet at

BAUERFINANCIAL, INC., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading independent bank rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays for its rating, nor can they elude it. Consumers may obtain star-ratings by visiting

$500 Gas Card Drawing and Pick Up Stix Offered to Spur Donations

To increase blood and platelet donations and help persistently low blood supply levels, the American Red Cross is offering blood and platelet donors who give in the month of August a $5 Pick Up Stix gift certificate and a chance to win a gas gift card valued at $500.

"With incessant summer blood shortages, there really is no better time to save lives." states Clifford Numark, director of donor recruitment for American Red Cross Blood Services, Southern California Region. "This August, the Red Cross is helping you fill up your stomach and your gas tank, when you help fill our blood bank."

To encourage people to give blood in the coming weeks, everyone who signs up to donate blood or platelets at a Red Cross blood drive in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Ventura counties during the month of August will receive a $5 Pick Up Stix gift certificate and be invited to fill out an entry form for a chance to win a $500 gift card for gasoline. Entries will be accepted at all Red Cross blood drive locations, and will be limited to these Southern California counties. The promotion runs from August 1 though August 31; the winner of the gas drawing will be announced by September 15th. Prizes are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. American Red Cross employees are not eligible.

The American Red Cross urgently appeals to Southern California residents to donate blood.

Any healthy person age 17 or older (age 16 with written parental permission) and weighing at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood.

All eligible donors are asked to schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling 1.800.GIVE.LIFE (1.800.448.3543) or by visiting To organize a blood drive, call 1.800.491.2113. For Spanish, please call 1.866-POR.VIDA (1.866.767.8432) or visit

The fastest gun alive...a phrase that has echoed down from the days of the Old West, part and parcel of American mythology

Once again this August, the greatest shooters in the world will gather in the hills above Los Angeles to test themselves, with the World Speed Shooting Championship on the line, and Chad Allred, Dennis Allred and Ren Weeks of Fillmore, Jim Owen and JT Tedder of Moorpark, John Maxwell of Newbury Park, Charles Bradshaw of Oxnard, Jim Gofourth of Santa Paula, Taran Butler and Scott Druyun of Simi Valley and Brock Baker of Ventura will be joining them. Since its founding in 1981, the Steel Challenge has grown into the premier, and with more than $350,000 at stake, the most lucrative shooting match in the world.

The Steel Challenge's format is simplicity in itself. More than 200 competitors from 19 states and 4 foreign countries will face the clock on eight stages of fire, each with a different array of steel targets electronically timed to 1/100th of a second. All a competitor has to do is run each stage five times, with the worst run thrown out. The competitor's score is the combined times of all eight stages.

"The Steel Challenge is simple in its concept," says Michael Bane, a leading shooting sports expert and host of SHOOTING GALLERY on the Outdoor Channel which is covering the match, "but it's brutally hard to shoot well. The best times are nothing short of amazing, almost unbelievable. In fact, it's safe to say that the fastest guns who have ever lived are alive today and shooting this match."­

The Steel Challenge features numerous divisions, including Women's, Pre-Teen, Junior, Senior, Super Senior and Law Enforcement divisions in several categories such as Rimfire, Shotgun, Single Action Revolver, Revolver, Stock Pistol and Open Pistol — the Formula-1 equivalent in the shooting sports.

More than 65,000 rounds of ammunition will be put downrange in Piru, California in the quest to be the fastest. The Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships will be held Thursday through Saturday August 14-16.

About the SCSA: The Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) is the governing body of the sport of Speed Shooting and organizer of the Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships. To learn more about the Steel Challenge Shooting Association and the Steel Challenge visit their Web site at There you will find diagrams of the stages of fire, complete listing of the 2007 results, a list of past champions, world record times and more.­

The old packing house at 341 A. Street sustained some structure damage from the 5.4 earthquake that struck July 29th at 11:42 a.m. in the Chino Hills area. The earthquake lasted for about 23 seconds and was felt all the way from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
The old packing house at 341 A. Street sustained some structure damage from the 5.4 earthquake that struck July 29th at 11:42 a.m. in the Chino Hills area. The earthquake lasted for about 23 seconds and was felt all the way from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
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Fillmore’s new swimming pool is finally taking shape. The not-quite Olympic-size pool is expected to be open for business before the end of January, 2009. The entire swimming complex is right on schedule for completion.
Fillmore’s new swimming pool is finally taking shape. The not-quite Olympic-size pool is expected to be open for business before the end of January, 2009. The entire swimming complex is right on schedule for completion.
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On August 6, 2008, speaker Juan Toledo will demonstrate his special baking skills in the final event of the children’s summer reading program. All are welcome to attend this interesting presentation. Refreshments will be furnished by the Fillmore Friends of the Library. The non-profit organization provides support to the library with funds for books, children’s programs, and adult events. The library is located at 502 Second Street, Fillmore.